The aviation sector is focused on meeting goals to reduce carbon emissions and there is a strong political dimension to energy transition driving the changes. Strategic initiatives and regulations like the recent U.S. Inflation Reduction Act have increased incentives for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) development and various stakeholders are building on these policy incentives to meet decarbonization goals. How will this progress? Is it enough to meet announced goals?

In this session, our panel will provide a perspective from key stakeholders - airports, suppliers and SAF producers - on incentives, ESG initiatives and developing technologies in this space.

This event will be a virtual session via Zoom from 12:00 until 1:30 PM EST. Additional details will be provided to registered attendees prior to the session.


Alex Menotti

Alex Menotti is the Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs at LanzaJet. Alex leads LanzaJet's global policy and regulatory engagement, with a focus on developing policies to catalyze the Sustainable Aviation Fuel industry. Prior to joining LanzaJet, Alex was the Federal Affairs Manager at Neste and led Neste's North American policy and regulatory engagement on aviation decarbonization. Alex was previously the Director of Environmental Affairs at Airlines for America and was an environmental attorney in private practice, focusing on renewable fuels and the Clean Air Act.

Erin Cooke

Erin is San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) first Sustainability & Resilience Director where she is responsible for creating, implementing, and reporting on the Airport’s Strategic, Sustainability, Zero Waste, Resilience and Decarbonization Plans. By brokering and implementing high-impact emissions reduction investments within SFO’s $7.8 billion capital program, the airport has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 41% and energy use intensity by 50%; operationalized its first zero net energy, WELL, FitWel, LEED Platinum and six all electric building(s); banned plastic food ware and water bottles, and has become a global leader in Sustainable Aviation Fuel deliveries.

Erin also serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and the ACI World Environment Standing Committee. She previously served the City of Cupertino as its Deputy City Manager and helped launch a countywide community choice aggregation program (Silicon Valley Clean Energy). She is a LEED AP, holds a Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, and the proud mama of Izzy and Graham.

Keith Sawyer

Keith Sawyer, manager of alternative fuels for Avfuel Corporation, has worked in the energy business since 1977, including 10 years in the aviation industry. After a 40-year career with Chevron, Sawyer joined Avfuel - a leading independent global supplier of aviation fuel and services with 650+ branded FBOs and 3,000+ fueling locations worldwide - in 2016 as its regional business development/supply chain manager where he was responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with fueling locations throughout the Western U.S., Canada and Alaska. To further capitalize on his expertise in the fuel market, Sawyer became Avfuel's manager of alternative fuels in 2017, leading all aspects of evaluating and developing the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) market and its suppliers and securing SAF supplies for Avfuel's customers while representing Avfuel within the environmental and fuel supply chain groups associated with GAMA, NBAA, NATA and IBAC.

Sawyer received a bachelor's degree in economic geography from the University of British Columbia, as well as completed the university's executive development program, and Alberta's Banff School of Management business and marketing development program.


Louise Burke

Louise Burke is President of the Energy Forum Advisory Board and is currently working for Argus Media on strategic business initiatives for the company. Prior to this, Ms. Burke was Executive Director of the Energy Forum, and president of J.C. Energy, an energy consulting firm. She has worked extensively in the energy sector analyzing pricing and markets for Mobil Oil Canada, Alberta Energy Company and Petroleos DeVenezuela. In addition, as Vice-President, Marketing for the New York Mercantile Exchange she supervised major energy and metals futures and options product launches and was closely involved in the successful growth of energy commodity markets. Ms Burke has also been affiliated with the SIPA energy program at Columbia University, New York as an instructor in the area of petroleum markets trading since 2008. Ms. Burke holds a BA honors economics degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA from New York University.


12:00 - 1:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion


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